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Artificial Intelligence: The way forward for efficient disposal of justice: CJP

ISLAMABAD, June 19 (WNP): Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Asif Saeed Khosa Wednesday said the Supreme Court (SC) has introduced a new system based on artificial intelligence (AI) to facilitate efficient disposal of justice.

He said this while addressing the orientation session of the expeditious justice initiative for judges of the additional Model Criminal Trial Courts (MCTC).

The chief justice said that SC is the first apex court in the entire world which has started hearing cases online.

He said a state-of-the-art research centre has also been established at the SC building, where five to six search engines will be installed to facilitate the legal fraternity and researchers.

He said the system would soon have access to the historical record of cases and judgments and the data would accessible to judges everywhere.

Moreover, three judges and seven researchers would soon be sent to the United States to further study the system, he added.

The chief justice said in the first phase, AI would be installed into the system to enable the judges across the country to enter the facts to receive information about similar cases and their judgments.

In the next phase, judges would be able to enter the facts of their cases to get suggestions about a possible decision of the case.

“The system will assess the facts and information provided to it and compare it with the data of the settled cases before suggesting a decision,” he added.

He said if the suggestion differs from the judge’s own conclusion, the judge would be cautious about the decision he is about to make. “This would help the judges make better judgments using the information accessible to them,” he added.

Talking about the model courts, the chief justice said that the basic objective behind establishing them is to provide inexpensive and expeditious justice to the masses.

He announced to add one more judge to every district and within a few months, there will model courts in the entire country. “5,800 trials were decided through model courts in 48 working days,” he added.

Justice Khosa said there will be no justice unless there will be truthful evidence. He said that any witness who makes a false testimony will be rejected.

He said the idea of model courts was first started in four districts, which was further expanded to seven districts.

He said six districts have zero pendency of murder and narcotics cases, while ten districts will be added next month. “We will expand this to other offences as well,” he said.

The chief justice said that national judicial policy-making committee is meeting on Monday and its agenda is to now move to the civil side.

He said civil, family, rent, and magistrate model courts are being launched simultaneously.

He also announced to establish gender-based violence courts and child courts.

He said there will be at least one such court in any district to facilitate women, where they can go and speak about their problems.

“We are going to have 1,016 gender-based violence courts across Pakistan. Similarly, we are going to have child courts in every district of the country to address children’s problems,” he added.

The chief justice said the courtroom has been specially designed, which will look like a home, where children can speak their heart without any fear.

Ruckus in parliament disappoints CJP Khosa

Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Asif Saeed Khosa also expressed disappointment over the prolonged commotion in the National Assembly on the issue of budget.

While addressing judicial officers of the Islamabad model court, Chief Justice Khosa said it is depressing to see PM Imran and Opposition Leader Shehbaz Sharif not being able to deliver their speeches due to the attitude of fellow parliamentarians.

“I turn the channel to escape this ordeal but then another one awaits in the form of [IND VS PAK] World Cup,” said the chief justice hinting at Pakistan’s poor performance in the tournament.

Justice Khosa also expressed disappointment over the situation of the economy and said, “Mixed news about the economy is reaching one’s ear, whether it is in ICU or out of it, now people want to hear some good news.”

He claimed that the only institution helpful to people is the judiciary.

“It’s the priority of judiciary to provide swift justice. The model courts have given decisions of 5,800 cases in 45 days.”

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